What is Involved in Placing Implants

by Dr. James Springer 27. April 2013 13:16

Surgery is performed to place the implant portion in the bone.  Up to six months are needed for the bone to attach to the implant.  In certain cases, dentists can use techniques that may allow immediate sue of the implant.  Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth.

After the healing process, the next step is the replacement of the tooth.  Impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory where they custom manufacture an abutment that attaches to the implant and a crown that fits on the abutment.

Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office as an outpatient procedure or in a hospital, depending upon a number of factors.  A local of general anesthetic may be used.  Usually pain medication and antibiotics may be issued if necessary.  Your dentist will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene and care of the surgery site. 

Trivia: 

  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime.  That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!
  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.

 

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